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Prosecution lays out case against former probation chief John O’Brien

Lawyers from the attorney general’s office spent hours Thursday pacing a Boston courtroom, dissecting for a jury the details of years-old Probation Department hirings, promotions, and campaign contributions.

Throughout an afternoon of dense testimony, both prosecutors and the defense made it clear the bribery trial of former Massachusetts Probation Department commissioner John J. O’Brien will hinge on the answer to a single question: Did O’Brien calculate and execute a plan to raise money in 2005 for then-state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill in order to secure his wife a new job?

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